In my mind, I mapped out a general plan for writing and publishing a book. The new frontier of Amazon and Amazon competitors has allowed and encouraged a whole generation of writers and like-minded publishing entrepreneurs. It something I’m pretty excited about.
The speed and investment by which thoughts and ideas can be transformed into a format that can me shared with millions, is what Will Ferrell might call, “mind-bottling. You know, when your mind gets all bottled up.”
The speed of my mind is phenomenal. I wish on a regular basis that I could make it slow down and become more deliberate. More disciplined. Good luck, James.
As I sat down today to review my list of blog ideas this, I found that I’d made a list of a dozen in my electronic notepad, only about half of which made any sense to me today. They were great ideas when I thought of them. Great enough to write them down. What I did with these is what I do with most things, and I’d have to guess that I’m not alone in this problem. I pushed them forward into the future because their time wasn’t right yet. I wasn’t prepared or I wasn’t in the mood. Had I take a few more minutes when I’d written them down, they’d be done now. What they are now are, for the most part, are illegible notes that no longer have significance to me. Ideas yet to be rediscovered.
Not that I don’t have a list of items to write about. All I need to do is look out the window and my zooming mind is full of ideas. No, ideas are not the problem. Thinking that I’d remember those great ideas in the future is the actual problem. In the end maybe they weren’t such great ideas after all, or I would have remembered them, right?
Just a word of advice. If you’re going to take the time to leave a note for your future self, do this: write a full sentence and print carefully. If it’s an idea worth sharing with others, then it’s an idea worth taking the extra 20 seconds to complete the thought.
And if it’s not a complete idea? Bat it away. If it’s really worth something it will come back in the form of a more fully formed idea. An idea so annoying that it won’t go away, like that song you keep singing even though you don’t even really like the song. At that point, forget scribbling a note. Take eight minutes and give it its proper due.
Then get back to zooming.